Is My Tinnitus Inherited?

Woman grimacing with hand on the left side of her head suffering from tinnitus

Are you experiencing ringing in your ears that’s driving you mad? Learn whether your tinnitus is inherited or what the cause may be.

What is tinnitus?

A ringing, buzzing, or droning in the ears with no outside cause of the noise is a condition known as tinnitus. The direct translation of the word tinnitus is”ringing like a bell”.”

How will tinnitus affect my day to day living?

Tinnitus can be annoying and can disrupt intimate connections. It’s normally an indication that you have damaged hearing or some root health condition and not a disease in and of itself. You might hear tinnitus in one ear or both ears and it can hinder your ability to focus.

Tinnitus is always troublesome regardless of how it’s manifesting. Sleep loss, anxiety, and even depression can also be caused by tinnitus symptoms.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be constant or temporary. Lengthy exposure to loud sound, such as a rock concert, is normally the cause of short-term tinnitus. There are a few medical issues that tend to go hand-in-hand with tinnitus.

A few of the circumstances that might play host to tinnitus include:

  • Inner ear infections
  • Inner ear cell damage and irritation of the delicate hairs used to conduct sound, causing arbitrary transmissions of sound to your brain
  • Injuries that affect nerves of the ear
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Age-related hearing impairment
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Accumulation of excessive earwax
  • Extended exposure to loud noise
  • Acoustic neuroma where a benign tumor forms on the cranial nerve going from the brain to the inner ear
  • The ear bone has undergone changes
  • Numerous medications
  • Bruxism, generally referred to as teeth grinding caused by temporomandibular joint issues, or TMJ disorder

Is it possible that my parents may have passed down the ringing in my ears?

Generally, tinnitus isn’t an inherited condition. However, your genes can play a role in this symptom. For instance, ear bone changes that can lead to tinnitus can be passed down. These changes are related to abnormal bone growth that can be handed down through family lines. Some of the other conditions that can produce ringing in the ear may be inherited from your parents, including:

  • Specific diseases
  • Being prone to inner ear infections or wax build-up
  • Predisposition to anxiety or depression

The ringing in your ear is not directly inheritable, but you might have been genetically susceptible to the disorders that are breeding grounds for tinnitus.

If your family has a history of tinnitus, you should definitely come in for an assessment.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.